Porsche believes that its new synthetic fuel could make internal ignition engines as spotless as EVs. Is this the game-changer and spark of hope for gas-powered engines? You may ask. It’s evident that synthetic fuel could be the next big thing in the automotive industry if Porsche’s projections materialize. If the current trends are anything to go by, electrification is bound to dominate the automotive industry. Some countries are developing measures, and others have already implemented specific policies to encourage electric cars. The measures are employed to prevent harmful emissions ( from internal fire engines) and protect the planet.
Many countries have announced their interest in banning the manufacturer and selling of non-electric automobiles, with Europe being stringent. But that doesn’t mean the internal ignition engines have hit the dead end. According to Dr. Frank Walliser, Porsche’s Vice President Motorsport and GT cars, synthetic fuel will make traditional vehicles emission-free just like the EVs. Frank made these remarks in an exclusive interview with one of the local magazines, Evo, while launching the new Porsche 911 GT3. The Vice President also shared more insights regarding the development of the new synthetic fuels, also referred to as eFuel.
In a statement, Frank cited that traditionally-powered engines that use eFuel can become as sterile as their EVs counterparts. He further stated that synthetic fuel is vital to Porsche as it reduces CO2 output. Dr. Walliser added that eFuel is cleaner because it doesn’t produce by-products and has less NOx and fewer particulates than pump fuel. The Vice President confirmed that synthetic fuel’s full production is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 85%. Porsche declared its interest to partner with Siemens Energy last year to start the production of eFuel.
Dr. Walliser says that their new creations work in almost all combustion engine types, including the latest Porsche 911 GT3 and old classic 911 models, without the need for modification. Moreover, Porsche doesn’t believe that the production of eFuel is a potential replacement for electric cars. Instead, it’s considered a complement for the electrification industry. The company looks forward to beginning trials of synthetic fuel in 2022. The Vice President also said that they could produce up to 145 million gallons of eFuel by 2026 if plans pan out.